Jeffrey G. Frank
Member

Jeffrey G. Frank

Jeff has practiced in the areas of commercial, construction and real estate litigation for more than 25 years. He represents public and private owners, Port Districts, developers, design professionals and general contractors in construction disputes, real estate contract disputes, claim avoidance, property damage claims and litigation. He has also handled several “business separation” and shareholder derivative matters for clients in a number of industries, including real estate development, waste management, industrial supplies and construction. He has tried cases involving delay and extra work claims, inadequate design, bid protests, construction defect and mold claims, real estate purchase and sale agreements, commercial lease disputes and wood product facilities. Jeff has also served as arbitrator and mediator in construction-related claims, real estate and commercial contract disputes.

Jeff serves as Chair of the firm's Executive Committee and in that capacity as the Chief Executive Officer (or "Managing Partner") of the firm.

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Activities

King County Bar Association, Board of Trustees, 2014-Present

Western Washington University College of Humanities Advisory Council, 2010-present

Washington Committee for Ethical Judicial Campaigns,Co-Founder and counsel, 2008-present

www.VotingForJudges.org, Founding Member, 2006

Washington State Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee, Member, 2011-present

Defense Research Institute

  • Judicial Task Force, Chair 
  • State Representative
  • Construction Committee

Washington Defense Trial Lawyers

  • Past President and Board Advisor
  • Construction Section Founding Member, 1999-2000

Giraffe Project, Past Chair, Board of Directors

Publications

Defense Research Institute's Without Fear or Favor — A New Decade of Challenges to Judicial Independence and Accountability

Chair of Task Force, Assistant Editor and Author of Section on Developments in Judicial Selection

Supreme Court Allows Public Finance of Judicial Elections to Continue

Author, DRI - For the Defense Blog, November 2008

Impartiality Key When Picking Judges

Co-Author, Yakima Herald, July 2008

The State of the State: An Interview With Chief Justice Alexander, Attorney General McKenna, and 2005-06 WSBA President Taylor

Interviewer, Washington State Bar News, October 2006

There Are Better Ways To Assure a Fair and Impartial Judiciary

Author, King County Bar Bulletin, August 2006

Daubert, Frye and Other Challenges to Expert Testimony in Mold and Construction Defect Cases

Co-Author, Mealey’s Litigation Report, 2003

The Mold Rush Represents A New Litigation Gold Rush

Author, Tort Talk, Puget Sound Business , 2002

Building Code Inspections No Defense for Contractors

Co-Author, Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, 2000

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Presentations

Stormy Weather: The Law Firm Rainmaker Redefined

Facilitator, The 22nd Annual Law Firm Marketing Partner Forum: Building Collaborative Strategies Across the Firm and with Clients, January 2015

High-Stakes IP Protections: Protect Your Company from Increasing Risks and Shield Your Valuable Intellectual Property

Moderator, Foster Pepper and Washington State Chapter of ACC America, March 2012

Top 20 Tips for Successful Litigation

Panelist, KCBA 2011 Bench Bar Conference, November 2011

Exclusion of Scientific Evidence in Mold Cases Under the Frye

Co-Chair/Speaker, WSBA CLE - Water Intrusion and Mildew, October 2011

Alternative Fee Arrangements: The Myths and Realities

Moderator, Opportunities for In-House Counsel to Find & Save Money for their Company, March 2011

Troubled Condominiums Seminar

Moderator, March 2010

Condominium Law: the Changing Landscape of Risk Management and Liability

Speaker, WSBA 2009 Real Property, Probate and Trust Section Midyear Meeting and Seminar, June 2009

Our Universe is Expanding but Our Planet is Shrinking: Risks and Rewards of Green Building

Speaker, Canadian Defense Lawyers - The Big Bang - Annual Meeting & Conference, June 2009

Green Building: Benefit & Opportunities for Developers: Risks and Rewards

Speaker, The Seminar Group, February 2008

Mold, Mildew & Moisture

Speaker, WSBA Seminar, November 2007

Creative Dispute Resolution: Novel Ideas to Avoid Protracted Claim Litigation

Speaker, Builders and Developers Seminar, October 2007

How to Avoid or Minimize Construction Claims - Condos and Town Homes

Speaker, Construction and Development of Condos, Multi-Family Housing and Mixed Use Buildings, April 2007

Anatomy of a Mold Trial

  • Speaker, WDTL Seminar - Annual Construction Law Update, March 2007
  • Speaker, WDTL Seminar - Annual Construction Law Update, February 2007

ADR in Construction Defects

Speaker, Mealey’s Pacific Northwest Construction Defect Conference, June 2006

Condominium Act and Recent Developments

Panelist, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Construction Section Seminar, February 2005

High Exposure and High Profile Litigation

Chair and Moderator, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Annual Convention, July 2004

Recent Developments in Construction Defect Cases

Panelist, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Construction Section Seminar, April 2004

Insurance Fraud or Ethical Problem?

Speaker, Defense Research Institute Mold Seminar, 2003

Legal Issues Arising in Toxic Mold and Sick Building Cases

Speaker, Northwest Real Estate Appraisers Seminar on Toxic Mold, 2002

Ethical Issues in Litigation Defense Matters

Speaker, Pierce County Bar Association CLE on Ethics, 2002

Objections to Expert Testimony in Construction Defect Cases

Speaker, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Construction Section Seminar, 2002

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Construction Defect Claims

Speaker, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Construction Section Seminar, 2001

How to Avoid Condominium Litigation

Speaker, Pacific Northwest Title Seminar, 2001

Condo Wars - Update of Recent Case Developments

Speaker, Washington State Bar Association Real Estate Section Annual Meeting, 2001

Legal Issues in Toxic Mold Cases

Panelist, American Indoor Air Quality Council, 1999

Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Seminar on Construction Defects

Co-Chair, 1999

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Litigation & Dispute ResolutionConstructionPortsReal EstateRetail & Consumer Products

Contact

Tel: 206.447.2915Fax: 206.749.2029

Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America© 2013-2017

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law

Washington Super Lawyers list, 2001-2017

Best in the Business: Leading Lawyers in the Puget Sound Region, Seattle Business magazine

  • Construction, 2013

ABA: Silver Gavel Award, Key Contributor, 2007

DRI: Community Service Award, 2007

WDTL, President’s Award, 2006

League of Justice, Washington CEO magazine, 2006

Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated

Education

J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 1986

B.A., Western Washington University (with honors), 1981

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1986

U.S. District Court

  • Eastern District of Washington
  • Western District of Washington
  • District of Alaska
  • District of Hawaii

9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Experience

Foster Pepper PLLC

  • Chair, Executive Committee, 2013-Present
  • Chair Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice, 2009-2012
  • Executive Committee, Member, 2012-2013
  • Member, 2006-Present

Bullivant Houser Bailey PC

  • Board of Directors, 2002-2006
  • Shareholder in Charge, Seattle Office, 1999-2002
  • Associate and Shareholder, 1988-2006

Barokas & Martin, Associate, 1986-1988

Quoted

Jeffrey Frank tapped to lead Seattle's Foster Pepper law firm

Puget Sound Business Journal, June 2013

Local biotech inventor gets $95M verdict in patent suit

The Seattle Times, March 2013

Judicial Candidates Pledge Ethical Campaigns

Foster Pepper News, May 20, 2010

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